• Thank you for checking out the Time Served Award section of the Black Belt UlK Register.  This section will explain what a Time Served Award is, the official BBUK Requirements and more.

  • Time Served is the timescale that an active Black Belt has continued in their Martial Arts pursuits either as a student or an Instructor.  When referring to a Time Served Award, this is simple where a Black Belt, usually 3rd Dan/Degree or above has reached the point where they no longer undergo a standardised Black Belt Grading and are awarded their grades for their dedication to the arts and how they continue to develop or grow the arts themselves for other students or as a whole.

    With this in mind it is crucial to understand that awards are only available to those eligible and can proved evidence that this is the case.

  • We allow anyone to contact us in relation to Time Served Awards, however, anyone who does contact us will need to ensure that they are able to fulfill the requirements for us to be able to help.  Remember that we are here to promote high standards within Martial Arts.

    In order to assist with Time Served Awards it is required that an applicant must be able to provide proof of consistent training between the time of the last grade and the next.  For non-BBUK members, all applicants will also have their existing grades validated to ensure that we are dealing with genuine applications.

    To ensure that we follow the correct timescale between Black Belt Grades, we operate using the following Time Scale Matrix:

    • 1st Dan  - 2nd Dan:  Minimum of 2 years consistent and constant training from previous grade (Formal Grading)
    • 2nd Dan - 3rd Dan: Minimum of 3 years consistent and constant training from previous grade (Formal Grading)
    • 3rd Dan - 4th Dan: Minimum of 4 years consistent and constant training from previous grade (Time Served)
    • 4th Dan - 5th Dan: Minimum of 5 years consistent and constant training from previous grade (Time Served)
    • 5th Dan Upwards: Minimum of 5 years consistent and constant training from previous grade (Time Served)
  • BBUK Members: £15.00 per application
    Non Members: £25.00 per application

  • Time Served Award